Murcielago Churchill

Murcielago Churchill

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 1/8 x 48
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Mexican
Price : ~$6
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Murcielago cigars are a creation of Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa, as well as Don Pepin Garcia. "Murcielago" means "bat" in Spanish, and the band is adorned with an attractive, stylized bat. The Murcielago that I smoked for this review was a classic churchill size; however, I found the length of the cigar to outlast the complexity of the blend.

Appearance : ★★★★½
This is simply a beautiful cigar to behold. The velvety wrapper has invisible seams and no veins, and is covered with a light oily sheen. The band is well designed, and the bat on the band tells you exactly what you're smoking even if you don't understand the Spanish name. The only reason I took off a half star in this category is because the wrapper, which the band proclaims is "capa negra" ("black wrapper"), is really more like a colorado maduro at best; I've smoked other cigars that were much closer to black than this one.

Construction : ★★★★☆
As noted above, the seams were invisible on this cigar. Although the foot looked a little loose, the cigar felt well-rolled throughout and the draw was perfect. The burn was generally straight, but did require two touchups in the second half. The ash was flaky, but held on for about 1.5 inches.

Murcielago Churchill

Flavor : ★★★½☆
This is was a tough flavor score to give, because the tastes were good but the cigar seemed to outlive its blend. The cigar opened with a blast of pepper and tobacco, with some earth on the retrohale. After a few puffs the pepper died down and was replaced by some leather and wood. Ending the first third, there were hints of fruit, with some bread and cream through the nose. The second third brought mostly earth with a little wood. and the flavors stayed largely unchanged until just before the end when a bit of butter crept in for a puff or two and there was a hint of that maduro sweetness on my lips. The flavors were good, but that fact that they went largely unchanged for nearly two-thirds of the cigar brought the score down to 3.5 stars--a churchill needs to be more dynamic or it will lose the smoker's interest, just like this one lost mine.

Value : ★★★½☆
This cigar lasted just under two hours, but I probably would have stopped smoking it earlier were it not for the fact that I was smoking it for a review. The opening flavors were great, but there is only limited value in a cigar that settles into a fairly one-dimensional profile.

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆
Don't get me wrong, I loved the flavors in this cigar while they were new. It was only once the cigar settled in to a relatively static profile of earth with a little wood for such a long time that I started to lose interest. I would very much like to try this blend in a robusto, which is just a slightly larger RG but takes two inches off the length. I am quite positive that at that length the flavors would really pop and last for the entire cigar.

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6 Comments on “Murcielago Churchill”

  1. Jesse,

    Most likely, the cigar did not outlast it’s blend. My guess, is that you simply didn’t enjoy the smok anymore, and that’s ok. This is why I prefer robustos, coronas, perfectos, and corona gordas. After about an hour and a half, I’m done…. I don’t care how good the smoke is. Great review.

  2. Good review. I had this cigar in robusto, and had a similar experience. It was good, but the wrapper on the robusto did live up to the Capa Negra moniker…black as coal.

  3. I love the robusto size in this cigar. I slightly prefer the Murcielago to the La Aroma Mi Amor that sports the same San Andreas Mexican wrapper. The coloration varies from box to box I imagine. The ones at my local B&M are pretty dark, almost coal black. Good review.

  4. DavefromPhilly says:

    This blend is really good in a robusto, I enjoy a toro too.

  5. I love this cigar in robusto and its definitely one of my favorite San Andres wrapped sticks. This is also why I love robustos and smaller – they end sooner. I’ve had Padron 26 and 64 Churchill that I’ve gotten bored with after an hour and a half.

  6. My review of the Murcielago

    Appearance & Construction: The Murcielago is one dark looking beauty. The wrapper is as dark as the night and is filled with a large amount of moderately sized tooth. The cigar is slightly box-pressed and seems solidly packed with tobacco.

    Smoking Characteristics: The Murcielago has a nice smooth draw with a slight bit of resistance; I would call this draw perfect on this cigar. The burn is very even throughout the cigar however the ash falls off a little shy of the one inch mark.

    Flavor: The Murcielago starts off with some notes of earth and pepper. Once the cigar gets going a bid the cigar transitions to some woody tones with some dark cocoa flavors. The finish is a bit short on this cigar and is only mildly creamy. The second third was much of the same, however as I end the second third and begin the final third, the finish becomes a bit longer and a little richer. The pepper makes a return and is quite strong through the final third. The body of the Murcielago is full while the strength is average.

    Final Thoughts: Overall I did not enjoy the Murcielago. The flavors were flat and dry on the palate, and the finish was extremely short. The lack of any sort of sweetness in this cigar also hurt its rating with me. I prefer a Maduro that has a moderate amount of sweetness to it and this cigar did not offer that. For me, my money would be much better spent on the Cubao Maduro from EO Brands; it’s sweet and rich on the palate. However, I know that there are people out there that do not like a sweet flavored Maduro that will like this smoke. If that’s you, give this one a shot.

    Cigar Rating: Average

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